In Celebration Of National Relaxation Day, Here Are A Few Meditation Apps Worth Downloading
Today is National Relaxation Day and what better to help you relax than some free relaxation apps?
Today marks a fun holiday – National Relaxation Day. In celebration, it’s recommended that you take a day off from your daily routine, put your feet up and relax throughout the day. While the origins of this festive holiday may be unknown, it’s been rumored that the day originally started in Britain as National Slacker Day. Even if you’re like us and live a crazy life, unable to take too much time to relax, you should still take a few minutes out of your day to take a breather. Below, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite relaxation apps available.
Started by Alex Tew, the same guy who made headlines with his million dollar homepage, Calm is one of the leading apps out there for medication, sleep and stress reduction. You might have seen one of their many ads pop up in your feed on Facebook or Instagram, asking you just to take a few seconds out of your day to stop what you’re doing and take a break. Voted Apple’s App of the year in 2017, Calm helps people meditate, get more restful sleep, listen to exclusive, relaxing music and learn life-changing lessons from experts in mental wellness. The app’s 100+ guided meditations covers anxiety, focus, stress, sleep, relationships and are offered through 7 and 21-day programs both for beginners and advanced users.
Headspace is another great app to use for guided meditation. It offers hundreds of themed sessions, ranging from everything from stress to sleep and also gives those who are busy “bite-sized” meditations that help fit into your schedule. The app even offers SOS exercises in case you happen to have a meltdown or panic attack out of nowhere. Once you’ve made the download, you’ll be given an array of categories to choose from, ranging from self-esteem to sleep. While you’ll be able to sign up for free, Headspace offers subscription services for $96 per year (they currently have a summer special for $58 a year).
If you’re looking for a completely free meditation app, then Insight Timer is probably your best bet. It’s been rated as the top free meditation app for both Android and iOS. Using the app is quite simple. You just set an amount of time that you want to meditate, and customize the frequency of interval bells you hear, along with the ambient sound and ending bell that lets you know you’re done with the meditation. The app also offers 11,280 free Guided Meditations, as well as 2,339 of the world's best meditation teachers, which share their zenfullness in 25 different languages.
Happify wants to help you break patterns of anxiety, stress, sadness, and instead learn to form new habits that will help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. Happify claims that it makes 86% of users happier, thanks to the help of its partner scientist and experts who specialize within the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Christina Sterbenz over at Business Insider actually wrote a pretty thorough review on the app a few years ago that’s definitely worth a read.
Stop, Breathe & Think is an app that wants you to stop what you’re doing, assess how you’re doing, take some time to breathe, create space between your thoughts, emotions, and reactions, and then “strengthen your force field of peace” with personalized meditations and activities. This app also has a kid-friendly version and can be found on both Alex and Slack – how’s that for innovation? Its premium version come with 100+ activities, Yoga and Acupressure videos, as well as a customizable meditation timer.
So that sums up our list of some of the best relaxation apps out on the market. Be sure to take at least five minutes today to celebrate National Relaxation Day. Let us know what you think about any of the apps mentioned above in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more app news and other entertaining reads.